Project

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About

The project

Since 2003, Wolf Lake First Nation (WLFN) has focused on forestry planning and harmonization measures that support the persistence of old growth forests and biodiversity within the Maganasipi River watershed. They are also working with the Quebec government on a plan to expand the 8,965 ha protected area proposed in the area to insure the critical range and habitat of the wolves as well as other threatened species can connect by safe corridors to the Mattawa winter deer yards.

2007

WLFN prevents logging the core sector of the Maganasipi watershed for exceptional attributes.

2008

Area receives preliminary protected area status by Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development.

2013

WLFN enters partnerships with key experts in Eastern Wolf population conservation

2014

WLFN enters partnerships with key experts in Eastern Wolf population conservation.

Study methods

Our process

For our proposed study we are engaging and training local Algonquin youth members as “wolf trackers,” to conduct wolf monitoring research with WLFN elders and University of Toronto students and scientific staff. The program will emphasize community youth capacity building as they simultaneously undertake GIS-based habitat analyses, collect DNA evidence, and track numbers and behaviors of wolves and their prey.

Through systematic local observations we aim to build complex and multi-layered data sets that both reveal and protect the habitat and lives of wild wolves in the Maganasipi. The methods and techniques available for determining the presence and abundance of wolf species are varied.

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  • 1

    Interviews

    Interviews with WLFN elders, local trappers and area recreational users that spend considerable time in the area for information on sightings, harvest reports and general impressions on species locations and abundance.

  • 2

    Exchange

    Learning exchange with University of Toronto scientific staff and WLFN youth field members on identification study techniques including tracks, tracking, scat, scratches, burrows or dens, scent lures, vocalization, hair snares, remote camera traps, trapping wolves for GPS collaring and subsequent data collection standards.

  • 3

    Scat surveys

    Scat surveys will be conducted to count and clear scat every two weeks followed by verification of wolf species depositing scat for further capture and collaring efforts.

  • 4

    Vocalization

    Vocalization response surveys travelling along roads and trails stopping at predetermined intervals producing standard howls and listening for a wolf response.

  • 5

    Camera traps

    Remote camera traps will be set to provide permanent photographic records for identification of individual wolfs.

  • 6

    Collaring

    We propose to capture and GPS collar six or eight wolves and open the portal to our understanding their pack range and prey habits.